Ongoing Fort Worth Stockyards Historical District-The Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive occurs twice daily, weather permitting, but they don’t mosey along on major holidays. Herders dressed in 19th-century cowboy gear drive 15 to 17 head of cattle down Exchange Ave. Best viewing areas for the 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. drives are the front lawn of the Livestock Exchange Bldg. or across the street near the Stockyards Visitor’s Center. Free. Along E. Exchange Ave., 817-336-4373, www.fortworthherd.com.
Ongoing Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s steam engine “Puffy” and the 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive, runs Saturdays and Sundays, until May 31, to and from the Fort Worth Stockyards and back again to its starting point in Grapevine. The Grapevine to the Stockyards run departs Grapevine at 1 p.m. and arrives in the Stockyards at 2:15 p.m. The return trip departs the Stockyards at 4:15 p.m. and arrives back in Grapevine at 5:45 p.m. The hour-long Trinity River Fun Run leaves from the Stockyards at 2:45 p.m. Tickets for the Grapevine to Fort Worth Run are Touring Class $20, 1st class $28, seniors 55+ $18 & $26, and children, 3-12, $10 & $18. Tickets for the Trinity River run are $10 & $15, seniors $9 & $14, and children $6 & $10. One-way tickets are available for both runs. Plan to be at the depot 30 minutes before departure time – Grapevine at 707 S. Main St., open 11 a.m.-1 p.m., & the Fort Worth Stockyards Station, noon-4:30 p.m., at 140 E. Exchange Ave. 817-410- 3123, or www.gvrr.com.
Ongoing Ft. Worth Botanic Garden-Wander among trees, flowers and along waterways of the 109-acre park. A greenhouse, cafe, and gift shop are three detours in the journey. The main gardens are free & open daily from dawn until dusk. A small fee is required for the 7.5 acre Japanese garden, which is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and offers tours that take about an hour. A small fee is also required for the conservatory-open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. 1-6 p.m. The Gardens Restaurant is on site. Off University Dr. at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817-871-7689, www.fwbg.org.
Ongoing The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame houses over 2,000 artifacts and information about more than 400 remarkable women. The 33,000 square foot museum honors women who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West. Hrs: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Open Mon. beginning May 27 through Sept. 2. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Day. Gen. Ad. $10, seniors & children $8, children 3 & under free with paid adult. 1720 Gendy St., 817-336-4475, 800-476-3263, www.cowgirl.net.
Ongoing The Ft. Worth Zoo, home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the Museum of Living Art, is ranked no. 5 in the nation by USA Travel Guide and the no. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by the Zagat survey. “Texas Wild!” an 8-acre area of the Zoo, allows guests to encounter more than 300 creatures and visit 6 different regions of the Lone Star State in just hours. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Zoo is also open Thanksgiving & Christmas from noon to 4 p.m. & New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General Admission is $12, seniors 65+ and children 3-12, $9. Ticket price includes entry into “Texas Wild!” Parking $5. Half-price tickets are available every Wednesday. 1989 Colonial Pkwy. For more information call, 817-871-7050, or go to www.fortworthzoo.org.
Ongoing The Christian Arts Commission of Fort Worth’s Museum is now home for the wax sculpture based on Leonardo da Vinci’s tempera wall masterpiece in Milan titled The Last Supper. The sculpture has not been exhibited since 1997 and was put back on display Aug. 7, 2009. One of the few works of art featuring Jesus and all twelve disciples, Katherine Stubergh sculpted these life size figures in 1956, which was commissioned by Fort Worth oilman William Fleming. The Museum also holds a wall of 28 crosses of Christendom in puddle bronze and burnished copper. Open Wed. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Donations welcome. For more info go to www.cacmuseum.org. 3205 Hamilton Ave., 817-332-7878.
Ongoing Ft. Worth Trinity Park-The Log Cabin Village living history museum depicts the lifestyle of pioneers who settled this area in the mid-to-late 1800s. Hrs: Tues.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1-5 p.m. Gen. Ad. $4.50, seniors & youths 4-17, $4, children under 4, free. 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln., 817-392-5881, www.logcabinvillage.org.
Ongoing Fort Worth’s history is housed in the nearly 100-year-old Fire Station No. 1 building located in the City Center Complex. This Fort Worth Museum of Science & History exhibit traces Fort Worth’s development from its beginning as a frontier outpost, through its rowdy youth as a cattle town to the present. The exhibit features graphics, historical artifacts, photographs and documents, reproduced paintings and original posters. Hrs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Free. Corner of 2nd & Commerce Sts., 817-255-9300.
Through June 2 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents FOCUS: Barry McGee who developed as an artist during the graffiti boom in San Francisco. Both self-taught and formally trained his background includes influences from the Mexican Muralists, tramp art, the surfer culture, and graffiti from the 1970s and ‘80s, as well as the Beat Poets. One of his most popular motifs is a sad-sack man with a furrowed brow. McGee has also worked under the names Twist (Twister, Twisty and Twisto), Ray Fong, and some other names. The artist’s drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations have been exhibited in numerous art museums across the USA. For more info, call 817-738-9215 or visit www.themodern.org. 3200 Darnell St.
Through July 21 Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s “Ed Ruscha: Made in California” features lithographs created while Ruscha was working at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1969. Known for his images of single words suspended in space, the Los Angeles based artist has experimented with a diverse range of media and styles throughout his career. Admission is free. For more information, call 817-738-1933 or visit www.cartermuseum.org. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Through August 11 Sid Richardson Museum’s 30th anniversary exhibition “Violent Motion: Frederic Remington’s Artistry in Bronze,” part 2 is on view. Some of the works in this pairings of bronzes and paintings are—The Outlaw (cast #2), ca. 1906-07, bronze is paired with The Cowboy, 1902, oil on canvas, The Mountain Man (unnumbered cast), 1903, bronze, with The Unknown Explorers, 1908, oil on canvas. The Rattlesnake (cast #5) 1906 paired with A Taint on the Wind, 1906, oil on canvas. Coming Through the Rye (cast #1) bronze, 1902, and The Wounded Bunkie (cast letter B) bronze 1896. The Bronco Buster (cast #36) ca. 1905-06, bronze, and The Cow Puncher, 1901, oil on canvas and The Puncher, 1895, oil on canvas. The Cheyenne (cast #7) ca. 1904, bronze, and Buffalo Runners-Big Horn Basin, 1908, oil on canvas. These works and others are from private collections, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Sid Richardson Museum. Rick Stewart is the guest curator of this exhibition. Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. & Sun. noon-5. Admission is free to the Sid Richardson Museum, 309 Main St. For more information call 817332-6554 or visit www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org.
Through Nov. 9 Texas Star Dinner Theater presents Write Between the Eyes, an Old West Murder Mystery. You are invited to take a lighthearted trip back to the Wild West of the 1880s “where historical meets hysterical.” Every Friday and Saturday doors open at 7 p.m., dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8. For ticket prices and reservations call 817-310-5588 or visit www.texasstardinnertheater.com. 816 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX. 76051.
Fridays & Saturdays Four Day Weekend is a six-member comedy troupe in Fort Worth who specializes in interactive performance, building each show around audience suggestions and participation. Through the use of interactive video, music and the improvisational skills of the talented cast, Four Day Weekend has created the longest-running live show in Fort Worth’s history. In addition to weekly live public performances in their 212-seat theater, Four Day Weekend also offers a wide variety of corporate event services, from team building seminars to keynote addresses. Come see the talent people are talking about! Show Tickets $20. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. 312 Houston St., 817-226-4329. www.fourdayweekend.com.
Saturdays Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge offers naturalist-led nature hikes that feature blooming wildflowers, commonly seen insects, birds, and animals and current projects going on at the Refuge. Water and appropriate clothing are suggested. Cost is $5. From 10 a.m.-noon. 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., 817-392-7410, www.fwnaturecenter.org.
3,4,10,11,17,18,24,25,31,6/1 Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District Cowtown Coliseum hosts the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. 8 p.m. Reserved box seats & VIP $20-$22.50, Gen. Ad. $15-$17.50, seniors 60+, $12.50 & children 3-12, $10. 121 E. Exchange Ave., 817-625-1025, www.StockyardsRodeo.com.
3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 & 31-June 2 Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Magnolia at the Modern is a film series that screens the best of the best. May 3-5 is Starbuck, the story of Patrick Huard a prolific sperm donor in his youth, who discovers he is the biological father of 533 children, and 143 of them want to know his identity. (109 min., R for sexual content, etc., French with English subtitles). Blancanieves can be seen the 10-12. Andalusian Pablo Berger reworks the story of Snow White making it “a love letter to 1920s European silent film.” (104 min., Spanish with English Subtitles). From Up on Poppy Hill screens the 17-19. This is the story of the innocent romance developing between two high school kids, Umi and Shun, caught up in changing times (91 min., PG, Japanese with English subtitles). At Any Price is on the 24-26. The late Roger Ebert called this “a great film,” where Dennis Quaid “gives one of the performances of a lifetime,” in this movie about a farming family’s business threatened by a crisis (105 min., R for sexual content and language). In This House, French director Francois Ozon’s film based on Juan Mayorga’s play, screens the 31-June 2. The plot centers on a teenager who insinuates himself into the home of a fellow student and writes essays about it for his French teacher. (105 min., R: French with English subtitles). Showings are Fri. & Sat. at 6 & 8 p.m., Sat. 5 p.m. & Sun. noon, 2 & 4 p.m. with the exception of the 17-19 when there is no noon movie. Tickets are $8.50 ($6.50 for Modern members) and the Sunday noon show is half price. For more info, call 817-738-9215 or visit www.themodern.org. 3200 Darnell St.
10-Sept. 9 The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame presents “Tough By Nature: Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the American West,” by portrait artist Lynda Lanker. Lanker spent 15 years traveling through 13 states in the American West to sketch, draw and paint the 49 women featured in the exhibition. In executing the portraits, Lanker used a mixed media of oil pastel over watercolor. And in at least one instance she used egg tempera to get the results she wanted. Among the women whose portraits make up the display, eight are honorees in the National Cowgirl Museum’s Hall of Fame. Indeed, one of the honorees, Sandra Day O’Conner, wrote the introduction to the 132-page book accompanying the exhibit, which will be available in the Cowgirl Gift Shop. Lanker will attend the preview reception on May 9 and will be available to sign copies of the book. For more information, call 817-336-4475 or visit www.cowgirl.net. 1720 Gendy St.
16 Artes de la Rosa hosts a Lydia Mendoza tribute concert featuring Grammy Award winner Little Joe y la Familia following the unveiling of a commemorative stamp honoring singer and guitarist Mendoza (1916-2007) who performed Tejano, conjunto, and traditional Mexican –American music. Artes de la Rosa, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service celebrates the free stamp unveiling at the Fort Worth Mercado Plaza at 1430 N. Main St. at 5:30 p.m. Little Joe, who has been performing more than 50 years, has been described as the King of Brown Sound. He is credited with helping pioneer “Tex-Mex,” music, a mix of traditional “Norteno,” country, blues, and rock styles. Joe’s performance begins at 8 p.m. in the historic Rose Marine Theatre at 1440 N. Main St. Tickets are $25. VIP tickets are $50 and include preferred seating and a reception hosted by the performer before the concert. For reservations call 817-624-8333 or visit www.artsdelarosa.org.
16-June 23 Stage West presents the much-requested Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones about two Irish extras on a film shoot. Two actors portray an ensemble of characters in this witty and engrossing play about how it is the little things can make a big impact. Enjoy dinner before the show at Ol’ Vic Café & Gallery. For times and tickets call 817-784-9378 or visit www.stagewest.org. 821 W. Vickery Blvd.
17-June 16 Jubilee Theatre presents Knock Me a Kiss by Charles Smith; directed by Tre Garrett. This romanticized account is the real story about the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois’s daughter Yolande to Countee Cullen, one of Harlem’s celebrated poets. The union was said to have marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Not recommended for children. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat & Sun. 3 p.m. For tickets call 817-338-4411 or visit www.jubileetheatre.org. Free garage parking two blocks east of the theater. 506 Main St.
18 Billy Bob’s Texas-Tracy Lawrence. Tickets $15 & $25. 10:30 p.m. 2520 Rodeo Plaza, 817-624-7117, www.billybobstexas.com.
18-Aug. 11 Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s new exhibition is “Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey” which displays about 50 works of art from one of the most powerful and original artists of the 20th century. Collages, watercolors, and prints based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey make up the exhibit. Bearden was born in Charlotte, N.C. but his family moved to Harlem when he was a child. His family’s home became a meeting place for major figures of the Harlem Renaissance, introducing him to the world of art. He earned a degree from New York University where he was also editor of the monthly journal The Medley. Amon Carter director Andrew J. Walker says, “Bearden’s reinterpretation of The Odyssey has a universal appeal. …The artworks are beautiful and filled with vivid, saturated colors and geometric images that captivate the imagination. [Since] Bearden’s work is not in our collection, the exhibition offers an introduction of this important American artist to our visitors.” Robert G. O’Meally, curator of the exhibit, authored an illustrated companion book that can be purchased in Amon Carter’s Museum Store+Café for $45. For more info, call 817-738-1933 or visit www.cartermuseum.org. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
19 Kimbell Art Museum’s film series is screening movies that tell the stories of some of Europe’s greatest sculptures and the times that helped create them as well as the pieces’ evolving reputations over the years. Today’s film is The Private Life of a Masterpiece: Edgar Degas, The Little Dancer Aged 14, directed by Mick Gold, (2004, 50 min.). The movie can be seen in the Museum Auditorium at 2 p.m. For more information call 817-332-8451 or visit www.kimbellart.org. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
20-26 The 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational returns to the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. This will be the 67th anniversary of the prestigious Tour event, which draws top players from all over the world. Defending champion Zach Johnson will take on all challengers for the $6.4 million purse. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For information, call 817-927-4280 or go to www.CrownePlazaInvitational.com.
24 Kimbell Art Museum’s Artful Readings series allows participants to examine the connections between the literary and visual arts through discussions and special presentations while enjoying cocktails and a light snack. Tonight’s topic is Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens by Mark Lamster. From 5:30 p.m. until 7. Individual fees are $20 ($16 for members). The Museum Shop offers a 20% discount on Artful Readings book selections. To register, call 817-332-8451- ext. 351. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
24 Billy Bob’s Texas-Cody Canada & The Departed. Tickets $12 & $18. 10:30 p.m. 2520 Rodeo Plaza, 817-624-7117, www.billybobstexas.com.
25 Billy Bob’s Texas-Burning Bubba Festival. Tickets $15 in advance or $25 at the door. 5 p.m. 2520 Rodeo Plaza, 817-624-7117, www.billybobstexas.com.
25,26,27 Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District-Cowtown Coliseum hosts Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show. Family friendly entertainment. 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. Box seats $18, Gen. Ad. $15, Seniors 60+ $11 & children 3-12, $8. 121 E. Exchange Ave., 817-625-1025, www.StockyardsRodeo.com.
25-Sept. 3 The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History presents “Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer.” Had Elvis lived he would have been 78 on Jan. 8, of this year and this is FWMS&H’s birthday celebration for him. Wertheimer shot the photos of the almost unknown Elvis in 1956 before he became a superstar. The exhibition contains about 40 large-format photographs of Elvis on the road, in concert, and recording, and at his home. Hrs. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 & Sun. noon-5. For tickets call 817-255-9300 or visit www.fortworthmuseum.org. 1600 Gendy St.
30 Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Sunset Cinema on the lawn from 6 p.m. until 10. Tours of the galleries are between 6:30 p.m. and 7:45. Tonight’s film is Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954; PG) starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Raymond Burr. For more info, call 817-989-5030 or visit www.cartermuseum.org. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
31-June 16 Runway Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, with the troubled characters Blanche DuBois, her sister Stella and her brother-in-law Stanley. Rated R. Fri. & Sat. at 8 p.m. & Sun. at 3. For reservations, call 817-488-4842 or visit www.runwaytheatre.com. Grapevine, TX, 215 N. Dooley St., 76051.
Coming July 4 Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. Advance tickets $35. Starts at noon. 2520 Rodeo Plaza, 817-624-7117, www.billybobstexas.com.